Council passes audit

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Fenland District Council showed it is handling its finances well after passing an official inspection of its accounts.

Independent auditors found the council had got all the right measures in place to secure “economy, efficiency and effectiveness in its use of resources”. They issued an “unqualified value for money conclusion”, adding that there were no issues that required further action.

The external auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers, set out their findings in the Annual Audit Letter for 2014/15, presented to the council’s corporate governance committee earlier this month.

Cllr Kit Owen, the committee’s chairman, said: “It is very gratifying to receive such an excellent report from the auditors, particularly at a time when budgets are being tightly squeezed and we are having to watch every penny.

“Great credit is once again due to our financial officers, and the committee would like to pay tribute to them.”

Cllr Chris Seaton, the Cabinet member responsible for finance, also praised an “exceptional job” by the finance team in ensuring the council’s money was well managed.